autobiography_of_eleanor_rooseveltThe All Good Books group will meet to discuss The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt on Thursday, January 12, 2017 in the Community of Christ church library (7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS) at 7 PM.

Come and join the discussion. Here area  few questions to consider:

  1. Are there specific historic events covered in “The Autobiography of Eleanor Rosevelt” that her book shed additional light on for you?
  2. What principles would you draw from the life of Eleanor Roosevelt? What guidance would you draw from her life experiences?
  3. What did you learn about the times in which Eleanor lived that you didn’t know before reading the autobiography?
  4. Eleanor wrote (page 78), “At first you feel that you or someone else should have prevented whatever goes wrong. Later you learn that no amount of care will ward off the accidents and all you can do is to meet them, as they come along, with a calm and steadfast spirit.” What do you think she meant and do you agree?
  5. As she describes her life, would you say that Eleanor becomes a different person from childhood to young adulthood to married woman to politician’s wife? If so how would you describe the changes in her life? Are these typical for any individual?
  6. Eleanor wrote (page 101), “firsthand awareness of what people are doing and thinking and saying is essential to a president. When this information is filtered through other people, or selected with a view to what a few individuals think the President should know, the inevitable result is that this source of information is dangerously curtailed or misleadingly slanted. This is fatal in the formulation of far-reaching decisions.” What is your reaction to her concern?
  7. Are there specific quotes or passages in the book that you highlighted, underlined or made a note about? What were the passages and why?
  8. Did you enjoy the autobiography? If so, why? If not, why?